Tag Archives: Confederations Cups

Vuvuzela Trumpets

vuvuThis Confed Cup is arguably the best held to date with powerhouses Italy, Spain and Brazil putting on strong performances – yes, I’m being sarcastic. If there’s team that is playing with heart, that team is Egypt. The pharoahs are taking the Cup seriously and really showing the world why they are African Champions. If they win, it’ll be great for Africa.

Now, I believe Fifa took on the King Fahd Cup because it saw the championship as a means of testing the structure of the nation to hold the next World Cup. South Africa has put on a good show so far despite some stadiums being a bit empty. There’s an explanation for that: at $100,00 a ticket, and games being held during working hours(the first match only), how the hell does FIFA expect to have fans on the stands? Idiots! Although this issue does bother, it is easily over looked the minute your ear drums start aching to the unceasing buzz echoing from the stands: the vuvuzela trumpets. The sound is annoying! That’s why the walls of Jericho fell! The people of Jericho broke the walls down on themselves to escape the blaring! Death was the sweeter option. Now, as for those South African fans, they are ALL LUNGS! Don’t they realize the commotion they’re creating? I’m fully aware that it is the country’s soccer culture, but it has to be done away with! Nobody will buy a ticket to have some guy blow the crap out of a vuvuzela throughout the match!

The players and the media have already taken note of this and I believe FIFA will have to come to a decision of whether to ban the ogrish trumpet or not. If nothing is done, the 2010 World Cup is bound to be marred by the ghastly vuvuzela.

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Joel Santana the man?

joelI really don’t want to be harsh here against South African coach Joel Santana, but I cannot sit back and not shed my thoughts on SAFA’s decision in contracting him.

There is no doubt that he is talented, and can put together a team to win tournaments: he has shown this in Brazil. But glory in Samba land doesn’t guarantee success elsewhere and I see two factors that keep Joel from making SA football worthy of watching.

First: South Africa has no players! All respect to Pienaar and the boys, but there was no renewing of the team after the Dr. Kumalo/Bartlett/Fish etc generation called it a day. They, SAFA, probably thought a fresh batch of players would just pop out of fertile mother Africa. Did anyone see them water the ground atleast? Or were they too busy counting the cash in their own pockets?

Second: This one is Joel’s own Achilles Heel – language. Even though South Africa is a country of eleven official languages, Santana speaks none. Ok, he tries to scrape some English out, but how can you get respect if you don’t know how to communicate? Remember Scolari in Chelsea? No English? No job!

SAFA should have tried Guus Hiddink or SA’s own Clive Barker: the former speaks English and has freakin’ wide experience, and the latter knows what SA clubs have to offer in terms of players.

I just hope Bafana-Bafana make it through to the second round or they will have No-fan-a No-fan-a.

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